5 Things We Learned From Arsenal 1-2 Watford


Wenger Put His Eggs In One Basket And Dropped It - Time To Go?

The Gunners boss seems to share the opinion of most of the media and general public, and that is that Arsenal cannot overturn their 2-0 deficit against Barcelona in the Champions League in midweek.

The French manager went with a pretty much full strength side here, with the exception of Chambers in for Bellerin at right-back. He even gave Mesut Ozil his first start in this competition.

It went woefully wrong. They couldn't break down a resillient Watford side and were picked off on the break. It was too easy, simple as. Danny Welbeck went on a one man mission to save the Gunners in the last few minutes but surely, after an incredible tenure, and minus a minor miracle in Barcelona or the league, it is time for Arsene tos ay goodbye.

 

Watford Are A Good Bet To Lift The Trophy

The Hornets had won every game in this competition 1-0 prior to this match, and very nearly kept another clean sheet here as they inflicted Arsenal’s first FA Cup defeat since February 2013.

Quique Sanchez Flores has made his team so hard to score against, and the pace and power of Deeney and Ighalo will always be a threat, whoever they come up against.

They should not fear anyone I this competition and a trophy would be the icing on the cake of what looks set to be a wonderful first campaign back amongst the big boys.

 

Mo Elneny Could Be What Arsenal Have Been Missing

The Egyptian has taken to the English game superbly, so much so that it makes you wonder why Arsene Wenger took so long to get him on the pitch for the Gunners.

He looks the sort of player that they have been missing for a number of years. He has the ability to break play up and he also reads the game superbly.

That shielding of the defence is something they have needed for a while but it is the pace with which he can start attacks and get involved in them himself that makes Elneny stand out.

 

Watford Are A Nightmare To Beat

The Hornets looked a little shaky in the opening stages but they grew into this game and showed how superbly organised Quique Sanchez Flores has them looking.

They struggled to deal with Campbell on the left at times but other than that they were excellent. The midfield sat deep and protected the back four, with the pace Ighalo a real threat on the break.

The Nigerian’s decision making let him down in the first half when he twice failed to find Troy Deeney in space. He got it right when he scored the opener though.

 

Arsenal Have A Star In Joel Campbell

The Costa Rican has become an integral part of this Arsenal team in the latter part of the season and he scored a wonderful goal against Swansea 10 days ago, and was the shining light in an otherwise fire Gunners display.

His hunger, consistency and ability to deliver when it matters are all in stark contrast to that of Theo Walcott and Alex-Oxlade Chamberlain, who he has now leapfrogged in the pecking order. 

Here he started excellently and played a simply gorgeous through ball to Giroud, only for the Frenchman’s goal to be disallowed. This wasn’t his best showing but he still showed glimpses of why the club stuck with him.